COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2022-04 to declare a State of Emergency in preparation for this weekend's expected winter storm and urges South Carolinians to monitor local weather conditions and take winter safety precautions. The governor will also hold a press conference at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) Operation Center to provide updates on the winter storm, tomorrow, Saturday, January 15 at approximately 3:30 PM.
"South Carolina will be impacted by a major winter storm this weekend, likely beginning Sunday morning," said Governor Henry McMaster. "There is a potential for very dangerous conditions caused by accumulations of ice and snow, which will likely result in power outages across the state. I urge South Carolinians to monitor their local weather forecasts and begin taking safety precautions. We will hold a media briefing tomorrow afternoon to update residents with the latest information on this winter storm.”
The National Weather Service forecast predicts significant snow, sleet, and ice starting early Sunday morning, impacting much of the Upstate and Midlands.
“The Governor’s Executive Order puts our plans into motion and let’s state agencies best coordinate any resources that may be needed in the days ahead," said SCEMD Director Kim Stenson. "We have experienced ice storms before, and we’re as prepared as we can be to respond to any requests for aid from our local emergency managers. It is vital for people to meet us halfway in this effort by being personally prepared for this winter storm.”
Motorists need to prepare for winter weather driving before a winter storm hits, especially those living in the Upstate or areas of our state that see more severe winter weather conditions. The South Carolina Highway Patrol urges motorists to check the weather forecast frequently and stay informed before and while traveling because conditions can deteriorate rapidly. Troopers will be monitoring the roadways for hazardous road conditions during weather events and working with our partners to respond as quickly as possible.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) started pretreating roads and highways Thursday and has prepositioned equipment and personnel in key areas throughout the state.
Residents should remember the following winter safety precautions:
The governor will be joined by the S.C. Emergency Management Division and other state agency officials for a press conference to update South Carolinians on the winter storm following a SCEMD executive call, tomorrow, Saturday, January 15 at approximately 3:30 PM.
WHO: Gov. Henry McMaster, state public health officials
WHAT: Winter storm press conference
WHEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, January 15 at approximately 3:30 PM
WHERE: South Carolina Emergency Operations Center, 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia, S.C.